Monthly Archives: July 2013

Short hiatus

Short hiatus

The last week has been challenging. It brought a new job, a serious health issue, a death, and a trip out of town to visit family. In other words:  fear, sadness, indecision, nostalgia, regret, worry, joy, anticipation, hope, loss, and gratitude. A rich, complex mix. Sometimes, a person just needs to retreat for a bit,(…)

“No” is the new “Yes”

“No” is the new “Yes”

This is a post about passion, dreams, painting–and economics. Yes, economics. Specifically, the economic concept of opportunity costs. As Investopedia defines it, an opportunity cost is, “The cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative(…)

Simple Living in Real Life

Simple Living in Real Life

If you follow our Facebook page, you might already know that Brooke at Slow Your Home is one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve chosen several of her pieces as my FB lunchtime read of the day–because she’s smart, practical, honest, and down-to-earth on the subject of creating a better life through simple living. I loved(…)

Reading Round-up

Reading Round-up

As we shared earlier this summer, we’ve been doing some writing for a new site called Purple Clover. We haven’t been linking to that writing from here, mostly because that site has a different focus from ours. However, I’ve written a few pieces that I thought all of you might find relevant/interesting, and we’re rounding(…)

Living in the summer moment

Living in the summer moment

Unlike many others this year, we’ve been living through a summer that’s bright, dry, and clear. And yet, there have been cirrus clouds of melancholy hanging over much of this season for me. I have been missing the summers of my childhood–when each day felt like a gleaming bead strung on an infinite ribbon of(…)

Fail Harder

Fail Harder

A couple of months ago I took my students on a field trip to Wieden+Kennedy, one of the most successful advertising firms in the world. On the third floor of their huge office is this mural: One of the big messages that Dan Wieden gave to my students is that spectacular failure is important to the(…)